Frequently Asked Questions on Hypnosis
Beliefs and Expectations of Hypnosis
- What Is Hypnosis?
- How does hypnosis work?
- What will I gain from hypnosis?
- What is the success rate of hypnosis?
Myths about Hypnosis
- Can only weak minded or gullible people be hypnotised?
- Once a person has been hypnotised, do they succumb to the hypnotist forever?
- Is hypnosis harmful for your health?
Fears surrounding Hypnosis
- Will I ‘tell all’ during hypnosis?
- Will I do something against my will during hypnosis?
- Will I get stuck in the hypnotic state?
Beliefs and Expectations
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a process which produces relaxation, distraction of the conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased awareness, allowing access to the subconscious mind through the imagination. It also produces the ability to experience thoughts and images as real.
A. M. Krasner (The Wizard Within)
In hypnosis you will be in a state that is more like daydreaming, or the feeling of “losing yourself” in a good book or movie. You are fully conscious and in control, but you tune out most of the things around you. It is up to you what you hear or feel while in hypnosis.
How does hypnosis work?
The human mind functions on two levels, the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. The conscious mind takes in the information from the outside world, sorts it, then makes decisions for you. The subconscious mind takes all the information your conscious mind uses and stores it in its unlimited storage bank of memories, ready to draw on its experiences. Hypnosis provides easier access to your subconscious mind.
What will I gain from hypnosis?
Hypnosis can be used to influence change in your habits, behaviour, beliefs, attitudes, thoughts or feelings. Through hypnotherapy you can increase self-confidence and -esteem; and help to rid yourself of negative feelings of worry and anxiety.
What is the success rate of hypnosis?
Hypnosis is up to you. If you accept the suggestions with the correct mental attitude, ‘I like it, I know it will work’, yes, you will have 100% success.
Can only weak minded or gullible people be hypnotised?
Actually the opposite is true. People who are capable of concentrating and those who have active, vivid imaginations make the best hypnotic subjects.
Once a person has been hypnotised, do they succumb to the hypnotist forever?
Nothing is further from the truth. Hypnosis is a based upon mutual power and a person can refuse to follow they suggestions of the hypnotherapist if they choose to.
Is hypnosis harmful for your health?
The experience of hypnosis is both relaxing and absorbing. It usually involves a slowing of functions such as breathing and heart rate, and typically the body is wonderfully comfortable.
These physical responses are healthy, helping to reduce stress and discomfort.
Will I ‘tell all’ during hypnosis?
Your secrets are secure. The relationship between the hypnotherapist and a hypnotized person is one of mutual cooperation and responsibility.
Will I do something against my will during hypnosis?
Rest assured, the hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything. A hypnotized person is in full control of themself, completely capable of making decisions. If they are presented with an idea or suggestion they find objectionable, they will reject it outright.
Will I get stuck in the hypnotic state?
It cannot happen. Though there are similarities between hypnosis and sleep, the two states are different. A hypnotised person may enjoy the relaxed state they will not get stuck in a hypnotic state and they will come back to full waking consciousness.